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That's is weird about the feeling like you can't get enough air...this has happened to me just a couple of times over the past year or so, and I always wondered what the heck it was. Of course I still don't know what it was, but your conversations about it now make me wonder if mine was due to something in my spine.

I would also say it's very hard to describe...I know I did not have a cold or flu at all. I have no idea if I have asthma, but I don't think so, I never had an asthma problem before, though maybe one can get it at any time, I don't know. But I've had it where suddenly I feel like this: I seem to be able to take a deep breath, but it doesn't feel like it's deep enough or something. I also kinda feel like something is laying on top of my lungs, but it did seem like I had pain IN my lungs. I did have a dull pain slightly to the side of my upper spine, though. I also found I had to take constant small breaths. One thing I read about is to make sure you force as much air out of your lungs as possible before trying to take a deep breath. You slowly blow out and use your ab muscles to squeeze in towards your diaphragm while you are blowing out. Then, you can usually take a much deeper breath right after, but while taking in a breath, you also want to push your abdomen outwards. This expands everything inside and seems to let you get a deeper breath. At least it did help me somewhat.

The whole thing to me sort of feels like I'm being partially smothered, then have to keep taking small breaths to gasp for air. It's as if something will not let me take nice big, deep breaths. It's very strange and a bit scary, actually.

I've also had some times, for example, when laying in bed on my side. I would wake up in the morning on my side, take a breath, and OMG, get some horrible sharp pains deep in my lower spine. The pain seemed to only occur when I took in a breath, not breathing out. Once I got up out of bed and was breathing like usual, I did not get that particular pain in that spot. It only happened laying on my side.

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